By Amy Ferraby-Green A draft of the Private Rented Sector Code of Practice has been prepared by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has been published for industry consultation. The Code of Practice has been prepared following the report of the Communities and Local Government Committee dealing with the quality and regulation of [...]

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Traditional partnerships: when things go wrong

by Kara Young on April 11, 2014

Written by James Brawn Traditional partnerships are unique beasts. Whilst often (but not always) governed by a written agreement, the essence of a partnership is a continuing relationship, both personal and commercial, between partners who owe a duty of good faith to each other in relation to partnership dealings.  However, as with all relationships, partners [...]

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New law makes it harder to recover money from dishonest debtors

April 10, 2014

By Richard Hull Until recently, the default method of enforcing a court judgment as been to instruct a county court bailiff or High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) to call on the debtor and seize their goods for subsequent sale at auction.  Since the introduction earlier this month of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations that [...]

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The Silver Rebellion: Over 65s Cohabiting

April 8, 2014

By Rosalyn Workman Fell in love, married, divorced… fell in love again, married,… no, not this time.  More and more people are choosing not to remarry or not to marry at all, instead opting to cohabit.  The number of unmarried over-65s living together has risen by more than 40% in the last 8 years according [...]

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Estate Agents Win Website Dispute

April 2, 2014

By Craig Harrison It is as well to remember that the Internet can be a threat, as well as a boon, to businesses, as is shown by a dispute involving a woman who registered a confusingly titled domain name and then used it to air her criticisms of a firm of estate agents. The woman [...]

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Court Pierces Corporate Veil to Uncover Beneficial Ownership

March 27, 2014

Written by Craig Harrison  In pursuit of substantial judgment debts against a Russian businessman, a bank has persuaded the High Court to ‘lift the corporate veil’ and to rule that he is the beneficial owner of a Virgin Islands registered company that owns a luxurious Central London flat. The bank had been engaged in a [...]

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